Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is David and I am an experienced specialist trained in working with a wide range of personal problems. I offer a warm, safe and relaxed environment in which we can work together. I see individuals and couples.
Counselling and therapy
Are you having trouble coping with what you are currently experiencing? Personal difficulties take many forms: anxiety, relationship problems, depression or lack of confidence. Anxiety can be about specific concerns or just generally feeling very anxious. Problems with relationships are often about feeling unheard, misunderstood or not communicating well. Some people feel they are not connecting well with others. Such difficulties can make it hard to get the best out of life and work.
Sometimes issues begin in childhood and effect how you are as an adult. This includes the impact of going to boarding school or moving around a lot. There may be a childhood history of neglect, physical or sexual abuse. As a result, you may find trust and intimacy difficulties. Some people feel they are ‘bad inside’; others feel an ‘emptiness’. Both can lead to struggles in personal relationships, creativity and work. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to explore patterns of relationships safely. This can enable you to work through obstacles and help you feel more flexible, creative, satisfied and fulfilled.
Why choose me?
• I offer a warm, safe and relaxed environment in which we can work together
• I provide a non-judgmental and safe containing place to explore difficult thoughts and feelings
• I am one of the most experienced counsellors/ therapists in Kent with more than 30 years clinical experience
• I am a member of the most prestigious psychotherapy and counselling organisation in the UK- the BPF
• I worked as the Consultant Psychotherapist for West Kent NHS for 15 years
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the prestigious British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) and am registered with both of the leading professional registration organisations: the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). I am also a qualified art therapist and registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
• 1990 I qualified as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist
• 1983 I qualified as an art therapist
• 1980 BSc Honours Degree in Social Psychology
I am a Consultant Psychotherapist and have over 30 years experience as a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, counsellor, art therapist and supervisor. For 15 years I was the Consultant Psychotherapist and Lead Manager for the Psychological Therapy Services in West Kent for the NHS. My previous work experience has been in a variety of settings. I spent many years working as a therapist and counsellor in two GP surgeries. I have also worked as a student counsellor in two university settings. Before training as a psychotherapist, I qualified as an art therapist and worked in three psychiatric units in London. In addition, I have worked in two therapeutic communities: The Arbours Crisis Centre and the Ingrebourne Centre. My clinical experience thus covers a wide spectrum of presenting problems ranging from neurosis, to borderline personality disorders and psychosis.
I also work as a clinical supervisor to counsellors and psychotherapists.
Publications and Teaching
I have been involved in training and writing and through my teaching and publications and am now one of the leading psychotherapists in this field. With a national and international reputation, I am at the cutting edge of understanding the therapeutic relationship with clients. Having gained insights from extensive work with a wide variety of people with different issues both in the NHS and the private sector, my writing and workshops have substantially influence in the field of psychotherapy and counselling. I have taught extensively around the UK and Europe, written and edited several books about psychotherapy and published articles in a number of international and national psychotherapy journals.
• United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
• British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
• Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
• Health Care Professions Council: registered art therapist (HCPC)
• British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) (formerly, The London Centre for Psychotherapy (LCP))
• Council for Psychoanalytic and Jungian Analysts (CPJA)
• British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
What is the cost of therapy, counselling and supervision?
My fee is on a sliding scale from for therapy is £45-70 per session, depending on what you can afford to pay. The issue of professional fee will be discussed at the first appointment. Occasionally I can take someone who cannot afford a standard fee; a reduced fee is negotiable in some circumstances.
I have been supervising art therapists since 1983 and psychotherapists and counsellors since 1988. I thus have extensive experience as a supervisor for both qualified and trainee therapists and counsellors. I specialise in understanding the transference and counter-transference relationship with the clients drawing on my wide range of clinical experience and knowledge of the relevant literature and theory. I have worked in many different therapeutic settings as a student counsellor in two universities, as a counsellor in two GP surgeries, psychiatric units, therapeutic communities and as a Consultant Psychotherapist in the NHS in Kent as well as in private practice.
In addition to weekly supervision I offer:
Skype and Telephone Supervision
Through my books and my teaching I have acquired a national reputation. Many therapists and counsellors wanting to utilise this expertise and experience live considerable distances from where I live and work. As a result, I have developed the option of Telephone and Skype Supervision which enables the supervisee to phone at a prearranged time without the inconvenience of travelling time-consuming long distances.
Face to face consultations available for webcam equipped broadband users
Contact me on Skype: david.mann75